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Posted By: Steve Gardham
16-May-13 - 09:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Certain regions of England would pronounce 'dew' as 'doo' Norfolk for instance. I think a similar line occurs in several ballad refrains. Whereas in this case 'dove' seems sensible as the meaning, another possible original could have been 'the dew lies over the .....'